Prosecutors Rack Up Fresno County’s First Ever Human Labor Trafficking Conviction

Human Labor Trafficking is a type of trafficking that gets little attention yet is rampant throughout the world, including the United States.  Often, as in this story, official documents are withheld from the victims as collateral for a “loan”.  These victims, who come to this country looking for a better life, are soon indebted to their trafficker, a position that is hard to get out of.  To see a conviction for labor trafficking is indeed a victory for Fresno County, and California.  Read the full article here.   8/31/18

“Human Trafficking, Pimping, Pandering, Robbery, Extortion, Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested” from Redwood City Police Department

PATH Consultant, John Vanek gives a “shout out to Redwood City Police!  As the San Mateo County Human Trafficking Coordinator, I was thrilled with the response on this case by RCPD, and especially by my colleague, Human Trafficking Advocacy Coordinator Pamela Estes”.  This article shows, that when there is a coordinated effort, successful arrests can be made.  8/27/18

You Don’t Have to Look Far to Find Human Trafficking Victims

According to PATH’s consultant, John Vanek, “this is a good article about identifying Human Trafficking victims.”  John is currently working with the Texas Governor’s CSEC Team (mentioned in the article) developing a curriculum on multi-sector collaboration.  John also facilitates quarterly meetings for the North Texas Anti-Trafficking Team.  Per John – “Great people working hard in the Lone Star State!”

This article speaks to educating hospital staff, particularly ER Staff in recognizing the signs of human trafficking, as emergency rooms are a likely place where trafficked victims may end up.  8/20/18

South Lake Tahoe Jury Finds Man Guilty of Pandering and Pimping

While this man was charged with Human Trafficking, this article does not state whether the victim was an adult or a child under 18.  In order to convict for Human Trafficking in a victim over the age of 18, “force, fraud, or coercion” must be proven in cases of sex exploitation.  Many times, the lesser charges of “pimping and pandering” are thus the successful convictions.  Read the full article here.  8/19/18

Yes, You Do Need to Be Worried about Human Trafficking

This article discusses the most common people most at risk for being trafficked, and how much social media makes that possibility a reality, for all young girls and boys.  Traffickers are highly skilled at luring a child into their vehicles, and after the first 24 hours, the chances of finding them alive go down dramatically.  Read the full article here.  8/19/18

A Train Passenger’s Tweet Saved 26 Girls from Human Trafficking

This is one of those good ending stories, due mainly to the keen eye of a passenger who acted on her hunch.  It’s so important to know the signs of human trafficking and to keep a watchful eye.  We  have many resources available on our website to help you learn the signs and symptoms of human trafficking.  Check out our Resources Page, and read the full article here.   7/5/18

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer Pleads Guilty in 3 States

Agrees to Testify Against Other Website Officials

Here’s what the indictment against the now seized Backpage.com alleges.  By way of a different perspective on this victory, John Vanek, PATH consultant, shares that SOSTA/FOSTA will eventually have little impact.  When Craigslist was shut down, Backpage.com was born.  And now that Backpage has been shut down, there are already sites being developed offshore, such as skipthegames.eu (likely from Europe) to take the place of Backpage.  Human Trafficking is simply too lucrative of a business, and traffickers will continue to find a way.  Read the full article here.  4/13/18

Charges Revealed in Human Trafficking Case Against Backpage Founders

On the heels of shutting down the online classified service, Backpage, “the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix unsealed indictments against seven people associated with Backpage, officially charging that it operated as a thinly veiled and lucrative online brothel.”  John Vanek PATH Consultant, has this to say about the Backpage shut-down:  “I’m happy to see the owners of Backpage will no longer profit from ads which exploit other human beings.  But those who exploit others are already evolving, moving to other platforms; many are ahead of the game, using platforms such as Snapchat, and Facebook.  Sooner rather than later, somebody somewhere will fire up servers outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government, doing an end run around FOSTA.  Then, law enforcement will slowly adapt to the change.”  Read the full article here of Backpage owners’ charges.    4/9/18